We had the good fortune of connecting with Jarrod Billie Olson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jarrod, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk brings excitement. The excitement of the unknown. If one choses to not take risks in life then that individual will experience very little growth throughout their lives. They will continue to practice the same habits, continue to accept life for what it is. They will continue to feel unfulfilled and never find true happiness. Taking risks is a key part of personal and human evolution. Thoughts are manifested in the unknown. Thoughts then create desires. Desires create action. Action is where risk becomes relevant. Without action, risks would not exists. This process happens on a daily basis. One whom is detached from outcome of action will find risks are a beautiful part of their personal growth.
I take risks everyday in my personal career as a fashion designer. Starting out in high school on Cape Cod. I spent long days and nights designing and making screen printed hoodies and t-shirts for my first clothing brand. I risked every penny I had on that brand for 3 years before closing down the business. The brand failed, due to my lack of knowledge, money and connections at the time. This didn’t bother me though. I knew what I was meant to be. I then moved to New York City attended Fashion school at FIT. I now make custom clothing for personal cliental and I am working on launching my own brand here in Los Angeles. This has been a 11 year journey full of risks 🙂
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am up next.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Im new to LA. so no comment
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One 11. One 11 is my group of friends who have held me down since day one. Before we all entered creative fields. At the core we’ve been friends since high school. Now being 27. its been many years of growth. theres 6 of us all preforming at a professional level in our crafts. Fashion, music, creative direction, modeling, etc.
Color photos shot by @Chancellor Warhol Black And white photos by @ Tim Grasint